What Is Sleep Apnea?

Are you struggling with snoring and sleepless nights? Snoring and sleep disruptions are signs of sleep apnea and can cause serious health issues if not treated. Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that occurs when your normal breathing is interrupted during sleep. If you suffer sleep apnea, you may have heard of a sleep clinic that can help you with a treatment plan. However, you may not be aware that your dentist can also help with the complications of this tiring sleeping disorder. Our specialists at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry offer sleep apnea treatments that will have you enjoying a full night’s sleep again.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially severe sleeping disorder where your breathing stops and starts intermittently during sleep. If you notice that you are tired, even after a full night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea. Snoring is a common sign among people who have sleep apnea, however, not all people who have sleep apnea snore.

There are three main types of sleep apnea. Those types are:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles relax while sleeping. This is the most common sleep disorder of the three types.
  • Central sleep apnea. This disorder occurs when the brain does not send the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome. This disorder is a combination of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, however, men are more susceptible to developing it. The risk is also greater for individuals who are over the age of 40, are overweight, or have a family history of sleep apnea.       

Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

There are several symptoms of sleep apnea that oftentimes make it difficult to determine which type you have. Common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Frequent headaches when waking up
  • Irritability

If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause more severe health issues. Sleep apnea can cause stroke, depression, and cardiovascular issues such as irregular heartbeat and heart attack.

How Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help You!

  • Sleep apnea can be treated in a number of ways. Here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry we offer three different sleep apnea treatment options:
  • Oral appliance therapy. This treatment option involves wearing an oral appliance in your mouth while you sleep. The appliance fits similarly to a mouthguard that is custom-fit to your mouth.  
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP is a machine that provides air through the airway passages and the air pressure being supplied maintains an open airway while sleeping.
  • Surgery. There are several types of surgeries available to treat sleep apnea. The types of surgeries include:
    • Mouth and oral cavity surgery, which involves removing the tonsils.
    • Nose surgery, which involves opening and widening the passageway.
    • The Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) procedure focuses on moving the lower jaw slightly forward, which tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the airway passage.

If you snore or notice your partner snores loudly and heavily during sleep, it may indicate a potentially serious problem. Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced specialists here at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, by calling (212) 581-1091. A restful sleep is just a phone call away!